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Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2)
Sweetheart - Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2
Author: Chelsea Cain
With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer, Portland Detective Archie Sheridan. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews around the world. But the riveting story of...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312368470
ISBN-10: 031236847X
Publication Date: 9/2/2008
Pages: 304
Edition: First Edition
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 144 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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reviewed Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2) on + 209 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I really enjoyed this one. The first installment of the series-Heartsick was really good. I loved this second one. I can't describe how good it was. Chelsea Cain is worth the hype. Please do read Heartsick first though you will be able to feel this book's emotion much more if you do.
reviewed Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 8
Last year, I read Heartsick and was blown away. Tonight, in one sitting, I read Sweetheart and was again in awe. Like Heartsick, Sweetheart has to be one of my all time favorite books.

The twisted, sick, unstable relationship between Archie and Gretchen is written so perfectly. This author has a true gift for writing. She puts you there at the scene. You smell the corpses. You taste the bitterness of the pills Archie continues to shovel in like candy. This book drags you in from page 1 and doesn't let go even long after you've closed the book.

All I can say is Chelsea Cain better be writing another book asap!!!!
reviewed Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2) on + 148 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This "series" (I can only hope there will be more!) reminds me a lot of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lechter. The character Gretchen Lowell is extremely intelligent but also enormously twisted. Another excellent read from this author. I was not disappointed!
reviewed Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2) on + 526 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Although both Heartsick and Sweetheart contain plot elements commonly found in serial killer/thriller books, Cain's series continues to be outstanding because she brings her characters to life so well. The main character of Archie is especially unique, and the scenes in Sweetheart in which Archie tries to return to a normal life with his family are very poignant.

In addition, Cain manages to maintain a dark tone throughout both books, causing the reader to feel a sense of dread as s/he turns the pages. The reader is submerged in the grisly details of Archie's world from page 1 of Sweetheart.

Although I very much enjoyed the Gretchen storyline of Sweetheart, overall I did not like it as much as Heartsick because I was a little disappointed by the Susan storyline. It seemed like relating the two stories was too much of a stretch.

Overall however, this book is a must read for fans of grisly thrillers, and I hope that Cain does not make us wait as long for the third installment.
reviewed Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2) on + 70 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Archie Sheridan is a homicide detective, as well as The Beauty Killer, Gretchen Lowell's, last victim. This is a very dark, disturbing book. Archie Sheridan was tortured and mutilated by Gretchen Lowell before she was captured and sent to prison. Despite the un-ending nightmares and the addiction to pill killers brought about as a result of his experience with Gretchen, Archie is in love with Gretchen and is obsessed with being with her. This book is a page-turner -- filled with twists and turns. Not for the faint of heart though.
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reviewed Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2) on + 8 more book reviews
Love this book almost as much as the first one, not for the faint of heart, but one I will keep in my library
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AMAZING book. burned through this one just as fast as the first. especially love the portland setting, and the quirky, interesting characters.
reviewed Sweetheart (Archie and Gretchen, Bk 2) on + 16 more book reviews
WOW I was blown away by how awesome this book was.
It just sucked you in from page 1 and never let go. It is one of those once you start you
cannot put down books.
The continuing saga of Archie and Gretchen it boggles the mind how two complete opposites can be so drawn to each other in ways that I cannot describe. (to do so would give the book away).
You must read Heartsick first just to keep the books in order and yes she has the third installment out and oh yeah ....it was just as great.

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